Image via WikipediaTelepathy and psychokinesis are all well and good, but 63-year-old Uri Geller has decided to employ libel-friendly English courts in his battle against cable network CNN over allegations that he profited financially from participating in a highly charged 2003 documentary about late pop legend Michael Jackson.
Geller sued CNN for defamation arising from an interview on The Larry King Show with Jackson's dermatologist, Dr. Arnold Klein, in which Dr. Klein allegedly accused Geller of exploiting his relationship with Jackson for personal gain by participating in the documentary famous for Martin Bashir's interview with Jackson in which Jackson ceded he shared his bed with children, but denied any sexual relationship with minors. The interview sparked a California police probe that resulted in Jackson being accused of child molestation of a 13-year-old boy. Jackson was acquitted of the charges in a 2005 trial.
Counsel for the Israeli-born Geller, who may be as skilled in bending words as his client is in bending spoons, maintains Geller was not enriched financially by his participation in the documentary.